Best restaurants in Southeastern Sweden

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Visby

    Bolaget

    Take a defunct Systembolaget (state-owned alcohol shop), chip the ‘System’ off the signage, and reinvent the space as a buzzing, French bistro–inspired hot spot. Dishes are suitably Gallic, from duck-liver terrine with butter-fried sourdough bread and fig marmalade, to Toulouse sausage with sauerkraut, smoked pork belly and Dijon mustard. Staffers are amiable and the summertime square-side bar seating is perfect for people watching.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Småland

    Kafe de Luxe

    An urban-boho vibe, great music (live at weekends) and '50s- to '60s-style decor, including an adjacent candy-coloured ice-cream parlour, contribute to the special feel of this place. The burgers are renowned, as is the eclectic dinner menu with its French-inspired dishes such as entrecôte with a classic Béarnaise sauce and its innovative vegie choices: nettle gnocchi, anyone? Occasional DJs.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Visby

    Surfers

    Not your normal Chinese restaurant abroad, the speciality here is Szechuan finger food designed to share and ranging from Chinese dumplings to traditional twice-cooked pork. There's plenty of heat in the dishes, which are complemented by the other Surfers' speciality: zingy cocktails (from 100kr) made with fresh fruit and juice – they're good for you. Honest.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Småland

    Pescadores

    A family-run fish restaurant located in one of the quirky brick buildings that once belonged to the match-making empire. The father and son owners were previously commercial crayfishermen, so they know their stuff. The menu features all the classics, from fresh, fresh fish and chips to gravlax and mussel soup. It's the perfect spot to see how Swedes do seafood.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Gotland

    Krakas Krog

    The owners of Krakas Krog make a point of sourcing their ingredients from Gotland’s fields, woods and sea, including frogs’ legs direct from the garden. Meals are served on the porch and in the petite dining room. The menu is replete with local delicacies: eggs with morels and beets, turkey in truffle broth or Baltic Sea turbot with sage butter.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Småland

    Gröna Stugan

    Located in an unassuming sage-green building complete with round windows reminiscent of a ship, this gem of a restaurant serves up beef tartar, whole witch flounder and New Zealand lamb – gorgeous on the plate and even better to eat. Leave space for the blueberry pancakes with raspberry panna cotta. Vegetarians are catered for.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Småland

    Stångs Magasin

    In a 200-year-old warehouse down near the Kinda Canal docks, this elegant award-winner fuses classic Swedish cuisine with continental influences – think stuffed trout with beet aioli. There is an extensive wine list and a sommelier on hand to help you choose.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Visby

    Lilla Bjers Farm Pub

    About 7km southwest of Visby, Lilla Bjers is an award-winning farm eatery with a great outdoorsy feel, locavore food (as local as home-grown can be!), chilled beer and cider, and wholesome good vibes.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Gotland

    Crêperie Tati

    Folks line up 20-deep for the tasty sweet and savoury crêpes served at this boho/hippy/cowboy/hipster ranch with its quirky collectibles and small garden out back. We're not sure if the queue is so much about the quality of the crêpes or the cool environs, or that there's just nowhere else to eat for miles. In the evening when it's wearing its Kutens Bensin hat, people come for the music.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Småland

    Ming Palace

    The daily lunch buffet at this friendly, central Cantonese restaurant (with retro booths) is always heaving with patrons. There's a wide range of dishes (including tofu and vegies, and salt and pepper squid) that are constantly topped up while the counter is kept clean by hawk-eyed staff who swoop in to tidy any spills. It's delicious and great value all-you-can-eat.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Östergötland

    Restaurant Munkklostret

    The Vadstena Klosterhotel's ravishing restaurant is the best dining spot in town. Seasonal, succulent steak, lamb, game and fish dishes are flavoured with herbs from the monastery garden, and served in the monks’ old dorms.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Småland

    Restaurang Smugglaren

    In a cosy wooden building tucked down an alley off Strandvägen, Smugglaren dresses up Swedish classics such as beef with lingonberries or salmon tournedos. Model ships, paraffin lamps and the odd elk head crank up the eccentricity.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Småland

    Restaurant Solbacken

    Local fish find themselves on the menu at this lively restaurant, pub and pizzeria at Visingsö harbour. The fish is smoked at the owners’ own farm and the kitchen is certified by Sweden’s organic and sustainability label, Krav.

  • Restaurants in Visby

    Italienaren

    It's hard to resist a good-looking Italian, even in Visby. Urbane Italianaren keeps things uncomplicated: pizzas, pasta dishes and two mains, which might see balsamic-glazed pork plated with baked onion, blue-veined blu di bufala cheese and artichoke puree. If it's on the menu, start on a high note with the caprese salad, a beautiful rendition of the Campanian classic. In summer, the outdoor terrace is one of the buzziest spots in town.

  • Restaurants in Visby

    Jessens Saluhall & Bar

    Strung with light bulbs and great for people watching, this fabulous deli-cum-eatery is run by three affable brothers. Daily specials generally include the perennially popular fish soup, given a Med-style makeover with the addition of gnocchi and chilli. Meat is sourced locally, and the seafood is fabulously fresh. You'll even find beers from the owners' sister's brewery.

  • Restaurants in Småland

    PM & Vänner

    A stylish bistro complete with black-and-white tiled floors and wicker chairs, serving up new-school Swedish flavours with global twists. Local produce sparkles in dishes ranging from grilled cod with summer chanterelles to Småland veal.

  • Restaurants in Visby

    Amarillo

    Decked out in distressed wood panelling, cool, casual Amarillo serves small, tapas-style dishes with European, Pacific and Mexican influences. Expect tasty bites like homemade gnocchi with butter sauce, almonds and Västerbotten cheese, or tuna poke with puffed rice paper, teriyaki, ginger and grated kohlrabi. Libations include local craft beers and some interesting, organic wines.

  • Restaurants in Småland

    Café Berget

    Up a narrow set of stone stairs you’ll find a sunny terrace, resplendent with flowers and ivy, which serves as the doorstep to this glorious little bolt-hole bakery. Café Berget serves up classic Swedish baked goodies – vanilla cream hearts and blueberry tartlets – as well as coffee, tea and sandwiches, in lovingly restored rooms in this 1905 building.

  • Restaurants in Småland

    Guldkant

    A bar, a deli, a restaurant and a waterfront terrace with one of the best views of Västervik. It serves well presented and tasty food ranging from Thai curry to Swedish meatballs, burgers and fish and chips, especially good with beer on a summer's day. The daily lunch special (85kr) is a great deal too and includes salad and coffee.

  • Restaurants in Småland

    Restaurang Källaren Kronan

    Six cellars have been transformed into a high-calibre experience, with meals served under a cosy vaulted ceiling. There’s even a 1660s menu, with mains such as salmon poached in wine with crayfish and root vegetables. Otherwise, the menu is replete with Swedish classics including meatballs and gravlax.